Perceptions updateIndex of PerceptionsPerceptions site mapsearch Perceptions
UEF Theory
comment + criticism welcome
`Perceptions' ITEM
Copyright © 2018 Ray Dickenson
Welcome - Chinese Peace - Arabic
Dream - Russian Soul Duty - Sanskrit

Latest SciMail

- - - - Time Travel? Wet Mars Abnormals Sea or Land?
Warmer Asteroids Alarmism Super-Human? Nessa on EPI IPCC Lies ET Life? E-O-W2
E-O-W? Sea Walls Hoyle's Cosmos Real Gender Homo Origins Pythons Life-Death? Pseudo-Sci?
Glaciers Diabetes! Maya Dodecahedrons Red Scares Silk Road Suicide! Bad Consensus
First Humans Early Humans Healthy Corals AI Dangers Heat Relativity Uranus Harming Girls
AP Liar Reef Prop Alien Life? Thomas Gold Lower IQs Agrees Climate More DNA1 EARLIER

Evo/MAIL / MetaMAIL / NewIDEAS


plse use "MAIL PERCEPTIONS" to input


Date:: Wed, 26 Dec 2018 17:43:59 -0000
Subject: FWD - "Time travel BOMBSHELL"


"Time travel BOMBSHELL"

Ha!  Yet another claim for "imaginary" physics, marching onwards - since real physics became `secret' (maybe '60s) - from "black holes" to "big-bang" to "dark matter" to "dark energy" - which are all unreal. [See Hoyle's definition]

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1062450/time-travel-possible-how-delorean-space-time-news-science By SEAN MARTIN | PUBLISHED: 10:00, Tue, Dec 25, 2018

Time travel BOMBSHELL: It IS possible - and THIS is how
TIME travelling IS possible, according to a student from a leading university who has published a design for a working time machine.
Doctoral student Caroline Mallary, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has created a Back to The Future DeLorean-type time machine, but to make it work, the car would need a object at its centre with an infinite mass.
b Something with an infinite mass would have an extremely strong gravitational pull.

Previous research has shown that gravity has the ability to warp spacetime - which is the connection of time and the physical universe.

Albert Einstein theorised that if you were to situate yourself on the edge of a black hole, which have such a powerful gravitational pull that not even light can escape, time would pass more slowly, which in theory would make time travel possible.
---





Date:: Sat, 22 Dec 2018 09:28:06 -0000
Subject: "Water on Mars PICTURED"


"Water on Mars PICTURED"

And this follows about fifty years of NASA saying that Mars was `dry, arid, deep-frozen'.

Cheers
Ray D


Mars Craterhttps://www.rt.com/news/447139-mars-water-ice-images-esa/
Published time: 21 Dec, 2018 13:37 | Edited time: 21 Dec, 2018 13:37
Water on Mars PICTURED: ESA shares incredible IMAGES of Martian ice crater

The European Space Agency has shared an incredible composite image showing a 50-mile wide crater on Mars that is filled with water ice all year long.
...
The icy crater is named after chief rocket engineer and spacecraft designer Sergey Korolev, known as the father of Soviet space technology and the head of iconic space exploration missions including the Sputnik, Vostok, and Voskhod programs. A lesser known fact is that Korolev dreamt about a flight to Mars for decades and was actually working on a rocket that would have brought a man to the Red Planet - and who knows where this unfinished project might have ended if it wasn't for the Soviet visionary's untimely death in 1966.
---





Date: : Sun, 11 Nov 2018 18:14:17 -0000
Subject: "Frequent inbreeding may have caused abnormalities"


"Frequent inbreeding may have caused abnormalities"

Yup, you can see many examples around the world, from previously isolated villages in Malaya where you could find children with `double thumbs' back a few decades ago, to an off-shore Yemeni / Omani island where almost the whole population was stunted in body and mentally deficient.

BTW You can also find same symptoms, especially mental deficiency, in isolated groups in the West - the village idiot is still alive and well where only a few families have lived in isolation for many decades or even hundreds of years.

And of course there's the medieval examples, from Spain and England, where elite families were isolated in "castles" which they couldn't easily move between and so many cases of illicit inbreeding took place.  That's where you see the classic signs of inbreedings or "genetic bottlenecks" - i.e. the `upper-class lisp' and the `monster in the north tower' who is only seen, and fed, by the male descendants.

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/frequent-inbreeding-may-have-caused-skeletal-abnormalities-early-humans

Frequent inbreeding may have caused skeletal abnormalities in early humans

However, several bodies show abnormalities

Mutations, and multiple individuals from at least one site exhibited several different conditions, suggesting the people might be related. It's thought that most human populations at the time were small and isolated, Trinkaus says. In those conditions, inbreeding can lead to widespread harmful genetic mutations.

Evidence of low genetic diversity among Pleistocene humans based on ancient DNA analysis also supports this hypothesis, says Hallie Buckley, a bioarchaeologist at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. "Of all the arguments put forward ... this seems the most likely explanation."
(more at page ...)
---





Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2018 21:41:04 -0000
Subject: NOT sea-level rise - it's land subsidence!


NOT sea-level rise - it's land subsidence!

Ha!  Seen a bunch of these articles today, BBC in the lead, citing `sea-level rise' and `climate change' as cause of S-E England's coastal erosion.

Guess what?  It's been happening for many decades, even hundreds of years - you can find old articles about "lost villages" off the east coast of England from way back.

And the reason?  Well, after the Ice Age the glaciers pulled back, first to Scotland, then clear of UK altogether, as a result western Scotland was the last part of UK to start rebounding UPWARDS, which is still happening.

BUT that means southern England is now being tilted DOWNWARDS, especially to the east.

But the BBC (especially) doesn't mention that little fact.

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.chichester.co.uk/read-this/rising-sea-levels-destroy-homes-east-anglias-coast-new-report/
Claire Schofield | Published: 2:40 pm October 26, 2018

Rising sea levels `will destroy homes'

Homes, roads and fields around East Anglia's coastal region face being destroyed by rising sea levels, a report has warned.
(more at page ...)
---





Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:30:11 -0000
Subject: NFC disproves IPCC lies


NFC disproves IPCC lies

In this morning's `Farming Today' (05:45) heard a guy from the National Fruit Collection down in Kent (usually warmest crop-growing area in UK) explaining their three giant experimental `tunnels' which have been planted with orchard trees (think they're mainly apples?).

Apparently they're maintained at separate temperatures: a) ambient; b) + 2 degrees; c) + 4 degrees.

Guess what?  The trees in the "hot" tunnel (at + 4 degrees) are growing bigger, faster and healthier than all the others!

So much for the "damage" forecast (by corrupt IPCC) from a temp. rise of one or two degrees!

Cheers
Ray D





Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:11:57 -0000
Subject: "Rogue asteroids could WIPE OUT life on Earth" - Hawking


"Rogue asteroids could WIPE OUT life on Earth" - Hawking

Ha!  Like I said earlier, Hawking always was a shallow thinker.  There are many more cosmic events which could truly "WIPE OUT life on Earth".

Such as a nearby neutron star's axis being pointed at Earth (or even the Solar System) when it happens to `jet' a focussed beam of super-heated and relativistic-speed plasma directly at us.  If the `jet' orientation lasted for 24 hours then Earth (and maybe the whole Solar System) would be a toasted marshmallow.

As for meteors, asteroids or comets, we just have to look at the rate of major extinctions (probably) caused by such impacts, which seems to say a truly massive extinction happens every ~250 million years or so (and the last one was 65 million years ago - but that `power law' is NOT a certain predictor).

On a slightly smaller scale, there's a lot of evidence (scroll), for large multiple impacts down the east coast of North America, about ~12-13,000 years ago.

That seems to've been a real `global warming' event - ending the Ice Age!

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1033377/Asteroid-hit-Earth-end-of-the-word-asteroid-impact-Stephe Hawking-book
By SEBASTIAN KETTLEY | PUBLISHED: 16:31, Thu, Oct 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 16:41, Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Asteroid WARNING: Rogue asteroids could WIPE OUT life on Earth, warns Stephen Hawking
A ROGUE asteroid will one day wipe out all life on Earth and nothing can stop this danger, warned Stephen Hawking in his last published book.

Professor Stephen Hawking argued the laws of mathematics and physics mean an extinction-level asteroid impact is an unavoidable certainty.

The late cosmologist who died at the age of 76 in March this year, shared his dire thoughts in Brief Answers to the Big Questions - his last ever book.

Professor Hawking mused about the various scenarios in which human life cannot continue to exist on Earth.

He pondered the threat of nuclear war, climate change and the many dangers lurking in the depths of space.

Professor Hawking wrote: "The universe is a violent place. Stars engulf planets, supernovae fire lethal rays across space, black holes bump into each other and asteroids hurtle around at hundreds of miles a second.

"Granted, these phenomena do not make space sound very inviting, but these are the very reasons why we should venture into space instead of staying put.

"An asteroid collision would be something against which we have no defence.

"The last big such collision with us was about 66 million years ago and that is though to have wiped out the dinosaurs, and it will happen again.

"This is not science fiction; it is guaranteed by the laws of physics and probability."
---





Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:47:24 -0000
Subject: Climate change: Trump versus the BBC agenda


Climate change: Trump versus the BBC agenda

Nearly everything in this BBC propaganda piece is specious and alarmist nonsense, as you can see from the real IPCC data here.

And a quick check of world-facts at the Glacials Page should show that Donald Trump is actually right!

I.e. the world has been much hotter than now many times in the last fifteen thousand years, and any small changes right now are very likely to be reversed soon enough.

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/45880633
Climate change: What is it and why is everyone talking about it?

Naz explains what climate change is, what causes it and what the effect is on our planet.
A lot of people consider climate change the most important crisis that the world is facing today.

But what is it? And why are so many scientists, campaigners and politicians concerned about its effects?

It is a complicated issue - but a very important one.

What is climate change?
When we talk about climate change, we are talking about global changes in the Earth's average temperature.

The Earth's average temperature moves up and down naturally, but it has been increasing more rapidly than it usually does.

This change is impacting on the planet's environment - which is everything natural around us; rivers, trees, plants, animals... everything!

What do Earth's rising temperatures mean?

According to data from Nasa, the Earth's average temperature in 2017 was 0.9°C above what it was in the 1880s, when global temperature records began.

This might not sound like very much, but even that small change has had a huge impact.

Some scientists argue against this data, saying that the Earth has experienced hotter temperatures in the past.

But environment advocates say that it is not only the temperature that matters, but the speed at which it is rising.

Nasa data found the Earth has experienced seventeen of its eighteen warmest years since 2001. Those records have been going for more than 130 years.

What causes climate change?
Many of the changes to the Earth's climate are caused by human activity - this means things that humans are doing.

Some of those things are:

Burning of oil, coal and gas These resources are called fossil fuels - they are used to power factories, buildings and transportation.
When burnt they release harmful amounts of chemicals into the atmosphere.
Waste You know what waste is!
Deforestation and urbanization Urbanization is when more people start living in cities, and deforestation is when a forest or tree- covered area is turned into something else (for example a farm or space for houses).
Population growth This means the growing number of people in the world. Did you know in 1960 there were only 3 billion people in the world, whereas there are currently more than 7 billion people! That's more than double the number of people who need food to eat and places to live.
The combined effects of these human-created impacts are thought to be huge.

Why is climate change happening now?
One of the reasons why many scientists believe that climate change is caused by humans, is because the planet's environment has changed dramatically since an era of history known as the Industrial Revolution.

The Industrial Revolution was a period in history when humans started creating factories and machines to make lots of products quickly and cheaply.

Why are people worried?
A 2018 report by an international group of scientists stated that if the planet's temperature goes up by more than 3°C, it could cause huge problems for the planet.

Melting ice in places like the Arctic and Antarctic would lead to a rise in the Earth's sea levels.

Rising waters means that coastal areas and islands could end up flooded, or even underwater - destroying wildlife and communities.

Extreme weather like heatwaves, droughts and storms could happen more often and become more severe.

Why is climate change a problem?
All these problems could have massive effects on people and the world around them.

People could be forced to leave their homes, wildlife could be endangered and there could be damage to vital things like land to grow food on.

Poorer countries in particular could be more seriously affected, as they do not have the money to deal with rapid changes to their environment.

The report encouraged world leaders to make climate change a priority. They want countries to work together to limit the rise in temperature rise to 1.5°C.

They believe this could help prevent these potential environmental disasters.

What is being done?
There are lots of things that people are doing to help prevent climate change.

However, climate scientists say that for serious change to happen, everyone on the planet must try to help.

For change to be effective, much of it will be lead by governments and industries.

The 2018 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (that name means it is an organisation working on climate change for lots of governments all around the world) had many recommendations for governments around the world:

Stop burning fossil fuels by the middle of this century
Plant more trees
Protect forests
Work out how to block the Sun's rays
Develop machines to suck carbon out of the air
They suggested that these could help halt climate change and limit global temperatures rising to 1.5°C.

Some governments and businesses are attempting to become greener, but the IPCC say that change needs to come quicker and it must happen on a big scale for it to be effective.
---





Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:51:05 -0000
Subject: "Wealthy will create `superhuman race'"


"Wealthy will create `superhuman race'"

Ha!  Hawking always was a shallow thinker (he was one of those `mathematical theorists' who didn't know any real physics - for a long time he thought massive bodies could collapse _without_ rotation or spin [i.e. his putative static "black holes"] - seems he didn't know about angular momentum).

He was never right about _any_ cosmology - and now he's wrong about evolution.  I.e. look back through all those "empires" and "dynasties" and you'll find those elites, with ultimate power, always died out.  Privilege meant they became uglier, more incompetent and eventually unmarriageable - because ordinary folk were evolving, while the elites were `devolving'.

That's still evident today - look at chinless `aristocrats' and ugly third generation `merchant bankers'.

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.rt.com/news/441230-stephen-hawking-superhuman-race/
Published time: 14 Oct, 2018 16:37 | Edited time: 15 Oct, 2018 09:11

Wealthy will create `superhuman race': Stephen Hawking essays reveal dark prediction

A collection of newly published essays written by Stephen Hawking before his death reveal the iconic physicist believed wealthy people could create a new race of `superhumans' by editing their children's DNA.

The collection of articles and essays, which has appeared in part in the Sunday Times, will be published in their entirety as a book called: `Brief Answers to the Big Questions', due to be released on October 16.

Hawking, who died in March, writes that he is sure breakthroughs in genetic engineering will allow people to create a superhuman race within this century. He also predicted that while laws will try to prevent it, the rich and greedy will be unable to resist the temptation.

"I am sure that during this century, people will discover how to modify both intelligence and instincts such as aggression," he wrote.

"Laws will probably be passed against genetic engineering with humans. But some people won't be able to resist the temptation to improve human characteristics, such as memory, resistance to disease and length of life."

Hawking added that the emergence of a superior race will soon lead to implications for `unimproved humans' who he presumed will eventually `die out or become unimportant.'

He also warned that `once such superhumans appear, there will be significant political problems with unimproved humans, who won't be able to compete.' His dire prediction continued that those being outpaced in the human development race will either die out or become unimportant, leaving `a race of self-designing beings who are improving at an ever-increasing rate.'

Hawking's predictions stem from gene-editing technology that already exists. The Crispr-Cas9, invented six years ago, is a DNA-editing system that allows scientists to modify bad genes or add new ones, and it has been used to treat children that were predisposed to serious illnesses such as an otherwise incurable cancer.
---





Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2018 14:35:32 -0000
Subject: The Epigenetics Revolution


The Epigenetics Revolution

Reading `The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance', by Nessa Carey and it's a revelation!

Had already heard that `epigenetic' effects meant that some suddenly acquired characteristics, like slimness or obesity, or immunities or proneness to disease, could be passed on to the next generation - but the full truth is even more remarkable;  quite significant changes can persist for at least four (or many more?) generations!

It's a detailed but fascinating book.

Ray





Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2018 20:37:17 -0000
Subject: Re: Guess How Much CO2 Humanity Contributes to `Global Warming'?


Thanks a lot Carlos.  Always knew the IPCC was a political sham, but didn't fully realize how scientifically corrupt they are - until now.
Ray

-
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2018 15:37:08 -0300
Subject: Guess How Much CO2 Humanity Contributes to `Global Warming'?


Very good article on AGW.

Carlos

http://freedom-articles.toolsforfreedom.com/manmade-co2-output-global-warming-hoax/#attachment_9187
QUOTE

"To recap: trace gases are 0.1% of the atmosphere, and carbon dioxide makes up 3-4% of these trace gases, so therefore CO2 is 3-4% of 0.1%.  For simplicity's sake, let's call it 3%, so CO2 comprises 0.003% of the atmosphere.  That's pretty damn small, but we can't stop there, because the next question to ask is:  how much of this is caused by human activity?  The IPCC has conflicting sets of data here, but both are within a small range of each other, either 3.0% (using the 2007 figures) or 3.6% (using the 2001 figures):

No matter which set of data you use, the IPCC data shows that manmade CO2 output levels are ~3%.  How do you figure this out?  The 2001 data shows the total amount of CO2 going into the atmosphere (119 + 88 + 6.3 = 213.3) and the human portion as 6.3.  Divide 6.3 by 213.3 and you get 2.95%.  The 2007 data shows the total amount of CO2 going into the atmosphere (29 + 439 + 332 = 800) and the human portion as 29.  Divide 29 by 800 and you get 3.63%.

Manmade CO2: 3% of 3% of 0.1%

So here's the bottom line.  According to the IPCC's own data, manmade CO2 output levels are 3% of 3% of 0.1% of the total Earth's atmosphere.  That's 0.000009%!

That's 9 millionths.

CO2 is measured in ppm (parts per million) because it is such a tiny and insignificant gas, yet somehow, the propaganda has been so successful that is has sprouted into what some state is a US$1.5 trillion industry."
UNQUOTE
(more at page ...)
---




Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2018 07:02:01 -0000
Subject: "Search for Extraterrestrial Life"


"Search for Extraterrestrial Life"

Interesting.  He statistically examines `life chances' around the Galaxy and comes up with a low, and rather pessimistic answer.

What he failed to address much is that the Universe has had trillions of more opportunities to create life and surely has done!

Which is behind the `Panspermia Hypothesis'.

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJt2mhwUlq4
Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life - with Ian Crawford
---




Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:04:18 -0000
Subject: Re: "END OF THE WORLD:" - Wrong as can be!


Thanks Dave,
What little understanding I've acquired was gotten by reading Fred Hoyle & Tom Van Flandern (both NO black holes, NO dark matter, NO dark energy) and Halton Arp (redshift is WRONG), who, allied with other honest astronomers, made "The Big Bang Never Happened" Youtube series.

Ray

-
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2018 15:21:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: "END OF THE WORLD:" - Wrong as can be!


Your observations are spot on.

DAVE
-
Date: "END OF THE WORLD:" - Wrong as can be!

"END OF THE WORLD:" - Wrong as can be!

Ha!  This ignorant sensation-seeker gets almost everything WRONG!

Firstly galaxies don't `collide' - they pass through each other like puffs of cigarette smoke, at most temporarily distorting their overall shape, until gravity and conservation-of-angular-momentum pulls them back into their original spiral.

Second, the Universe is NOT `winding down' (that's been a political-religious propaganda claim for generations - as it suits corrupt rulers and Popes).

All modern research points to an infinite, ageless Universe with no start and no finish: galaxies being reborn from distribution of their central core-masses via JETS of plasma, forming virgin hydrogen which builds new stars in new ejecta galaxies (called "quasars" by ignorant astronomers).

The only thing he's even vaguely close to is that stars do die, eventually, depending on their speed of burning.  Our Sun is a small quietish slow-burner and looks likely to last another TEN BILLION years (by which time our new-human descendants should have long departed for pastures new).

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1021070/end-of-the-world-universe-Geraint-Lewis-science-new-scientist-live
By SEAN MARTIN | PUBLISHED: 20:15, Fri, Sep 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 20:17, Fri, Sep 21, 2018

END OF THE WORLD: THIS is how Earth and the universe will be DESTROYED, astronomer claims
ONE thing is certain for the future of the universe: it will eventually DIE, confirmed a top astronomer.

The future of the universe looks bleak, but before it dies it will consume everything within it - including Earth and all life.

Geraint Lewis, an Astrophysicist at the University of Sydney, gave a timeline of how Earth, life and the universe will end.

He told an audience at New Scientist Live: "In about five billion years, something spectacular is going to happen."

Prof Lewis states that Andromeda - the nearest galaxy to the Milky Way - is approaching us at around five million kilometres a year meaning that "in about three billion years, Andromeda will collide with ours.

"The collision will shake-up the Milky Way and it will be lit up like a Christmas Tree as new stars are created.

"The gas available in this collision gets used up very quickly. New stars will form and die. The gas will be swallowed up by a supermassive black hole."

Prof Lewis said that our sun and the solar system could be `flung out in to intergalactic space'

But for any life still clinging on at this point, that could be the least of their worries.

This is because within that time scale, our sun is going to die.

Prof Lewis said: "The burning of helium in the sun will cause the sun to expand and within about three billion years, the Earth will be scorched by the growing sun.

"It will swallow Mercury, then Venus and then Earth."

To survive this, any potential surviving humans will have to leave the solar system, or potentially the Milky Way galaxy altogether.

However, Prof Lewis said: "But the problem is that dark energy is causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate.

"And all of the distant galaxies will one day disappear from us completely - we will never be able to see them again."

After this, in about 10 trillion years, new stars will be unable to form as the universe runs out of gas and raw material to make new stars

Prof Lewis: "As stars like the sun die, all we are left with are red dwarfs."

Red dwarf stars are about 20 percent the size of the sun and it would be difficult for any planets orbiting these stars to sustain life as they are cold and temperamental, expelling harsh solar flares packed with radiation.

At this point, no life will be able to form and all that is left are dying stars and black holes.

And Prof Lewis stated that 100 trillion years from now: "The last star will go out, and the universe will finally go dark."
---





Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:46:40 -0000
Subject: "Build walls on seafloor" - What???


"Build walls on seafloor" - What???

Ha!  Crazy ignorant dimwits!  You can bet there'd be at least two or three unexpected consequences, and probably more damaging (like changing ocean currents and drastically harming local weather patterns, as well as disrupting, killing corals and fish-spawning grounds).

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/20/build-walls-on-seafloor-to-stop-glaciers-melting-scientists-say
Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent | Thu 20 Sep 2018 13.20 BST

Build walls on seafloor to stop glaciers melting, scientists say
Barriers could halt slide of undersea glaciers and hold back sea level rises predicted to result from global warming
(more at page ...)
---





Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:24:19 -0000
Subject: "Unearthly Abilities"


"Unearthly Abilities"

Just now re-reading `Our Place in the Cosmos' by Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe, and it's amazing!

Won't go into detail but they do:  explaining how so many of Earth's life-forms (inc. humans) have abilities which COULDN'T have evolved on Earth.

Especially liked their reference to some `unearthly' human abilities which were first remarked on by Alfred Russel Wallace (IMHO the real discoverer of real "evolution" - very different to the crude plagiarism of Wallace's theory by snobbish, elitist (and thieving) Darwin).

If you get a chance - get the book; it might open eyes and minds.

Cheers
Ray D





Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:06:37 -0000
Subject: "Swedish professor accused of bigotry"


"Swedish professor accused of bigotry"

Ha!  Political correctness is trying to make science tell lies about reality.

Of course human males and females are different!  Physically and especially neurologically!

Here's some quotes about reality from a page on the subject:

The smaller, weaker female is typically more stable, more intelligent 40 more altruistic and longer-living than the larger and stronger male. 40A

Research shows that females are more than twice as competent at "social cognition"; i.e. reaching correct conclusions - about people, motives and situations - and more readily.
(See Nature, vol. 387, 12 June 1997) & 41 & 42

2010 - MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and Union College have found that "the tendency to cooperate effectively is linked to the number of women in a group."
(See ScienceDaily, Oct. 2, 2010) 43

2013 - Neuroscientists from the University of California and Autonomous University of Madrid find that "Women have ... more efficient brains than men"
(See Intelligence, Mar/April 2013) 44

2013 - "Women Make Better Decisions Than Men, Study Suggests"
(See International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, Mar/April 2013) 45


Cheers
Ray D


https://www.rt.com/news/438638-swedish-professor-biologically-different/
Published time: 17 Sep, 2018 15:18

Swedish professor accused of bigotry for saying men and women `biologically different'

A Swedish university is investigating a professor for `anti-feminism' and `transphobia' after he said there are biological differences between men and women. He is being urged to retract his comments.

The professor, Germund Hesslow, who works in neurophysiology at Lund University, was accused by a student of making `transphobic' and `anti-feminist' statements in a lecture - but he has refused to back down.

During his course on `Heritage and Environment' at the leading academic institution, Hesslow cited empirical research which supports the idea that there are differences between men and women which are `biologically founded' and therefore genders cannot be regarded as `social constructs alone'.

The complainant suggested that Hesslow's comments were at odds with the Swedish `value base' - a concept which requires all schools in Sweden to adhere to a common ethical policy, which includes upholding values like egalitarianism, individual freedom and equality of the sexes.

In an interview with RT, Hesslow said that some students, `for ideological reasons,' don't like to hear certain scientific facts about biological differences between men and women. He said that the comments which prompted the complaint were not even necessarily part of his course material, but that they were answers to students' questions during the course of the lecture.
(more at page ...)
---





Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2018 12:57:52 -0000
Subject: Human Origins - 5.7 million year-old footprints


Human Origins - 5.7 million year-old footprints

Yet another blow to that BigSci mantra of "Out of Africa 60,000 yrs ago".

It's beginning to look like "humans" were walking the Earth, and maybe ALL OVER the Earth, MILLIONS of years ago, not merely 60,000 years.

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1011341/human-evolution-origin-ancient-footprints-crete
By SEAN MARTIN | PUBLISHED: 08:00, Sat, Sep 1, 2018 | UPDATED: 18:31, Sat, Sep 1, 2018
Human evolution: Ancient footprints in Crete could REWRITE history of origin

EARLY human footprints which date back 5.7 million years have been discovered which could tip the well established theory of human evolution on its head.

Previously, the oldest footprints discovered dated back 3.7 million years and were discovered in Laetoli, Tanzania, with human relatives developing about three million years earlier in Ethiopia.

However, it is not only the date of the recently discovered footprints which through human origin into doubt, but also where we emerged from.

The 5.7 million year old footprints were discovered in Crete, which either proves that Africa is not the `cradle of humanity' or that humans evolved and migrated much earlier than previously thought.

Researchers had previously believed humans originated in Africa and remained there for millions of years before heading out towards Europe and Asia.

But the new discovery suggests there is far greater complexity in the origins of humanity.
(more at page...)
---





Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2018 14:09:50 -0000
Subject: "Fears pythons will invade dry land"


"Fears pythons will invade dry land"

Not news - the `Life After People' series (2008-2010) had a snake expert forecasting that the Burmese pythons now taking over the Everglades would outgrow competing alligators (to 25-30 feet or more) and, because they can climb trees and tolerate cooler climes, will eventually dominate the lower 40% of the USA!

Like I commented: "No more picnics or walks in the woods!"

Cheers
Ray D
PS - check http://www.perceptions.couk.com/metamail105.html#pythons
and the video at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3bBOrdE3gA#t=12m30s

for two mins, then again at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3bBOrdE3gA#t=35m
for half a minute
---

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7101151/fears-terrifying-new-hybrid-super-snake-python-discovered-in-florida-will-invade-dry-land/
By Josh Salisbury | 25th August 2018, 7:05 pmUpdated: 25th August 2018, 7:38 pm

Fears terrifying new hybrid `SUPER SNAKE' python discovered in Florida will invade dry land

TERRIFYING new `super snakes' could begin to emerge from swampy marshes and invade dry land, a study has found.
(more at page ...
---





Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2018 21:21:44 -0000
Subject: "Life after death: Soul continues on a QUANTUM level"


"Life after death: Soul continues on a QUANTUM level"

Nice thought - but it depends on a whole bunch of assumptions.

Don't know Hameroff but have read a good deal of Penrose's stuff and he maybe tends to `selective' or even wishful thinking.

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1005845/life-after-death-what-happens-when-you-die-soul-quantum
By SEAN MARTIN | PUBLISHED: 00:21, Tue, Aug 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 09:56, Tue, Aug 21, 2018

Life after death: Soul continues on a QUANTUM level - scientists reveal
THE soul could continue to live on a quantum scale after death scientists have claimed in what could be the strongest proof of an afterlife.

Scientists have long sought an answer to the age old question `is there life after death?', but now experts are claiming that there is no death of consciousness - just death of the body.

According to some well-respected scientists, quantum mechanics allows consciousness to live on following the body's eventual demise.

While scientists are still unsure about what exactly consciousness is, the University of Arizona's Stuart Hameroff and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose believes that it is merely information stored at a quantum level.

The duo say this process is called "Orchestrated Objective Reduction" (Orch-OR) and say it is evidence that protein-based microtubules - a structural component of human cells - carry quantum information - information stored at a sub-atomic level.

Dr Hameroff explains: "Let's say the heart stops beating, the blood stops flowing; the micro-tubules lose their quantum state.

"The quantum information within the micro-tubules is not destroyed, it can't be destroyed, and it just distributes and dissipates to the universe at large.

"If the patient is resuscitated, revived, this quantum information can go back into the micro-tubules and the patient says, `I had a near-death experience.'

"If they're not revived, and the patient dies, it's possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul."

Researchers from the renowned Max Planck Institute for physics in Munich agree and state that the physical universe that we live in is only our perception and once our physical bodies die, there is an infinite beyond.

Dr Hans-Peter Durr, former head of the Max Planck Institute for Physics, previously said: "What we consider the here and now, this world, it is actually just the material level that is comprehensible.

"The beyond is an infinite reality that is much bigger. Which this world is rooted in. In this way, our lives in this plane of existence are encompassed, surrounded, by the afterworld already.

"The body dies but the spiritual quantum field continues. In this way, I am immortal."
---





Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2018 11:14:23 -0000
Subject: "Gender studies: pseudoscience?"


"Gender studies: pseudoscience?"

Ha!  Orban's right, a lot of subjects besides `gender-studies' are useless "soft sciences" - like sociology & like psychiatry etc. - which contain NO SCIENCE at all!

Those subjects are really just waffle, opinions and a lot of wishful thinking.

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.rt.com/news/436329-hungary-gender-studies-ban-orban/
Published time: 19 Aug, 2018 17:30 - Edited time: 20 Aug, 2018 07:37

Attack on academic freedom or stand against pseudoscience: Is Hungary right to ban gender studies?

Viktor Orban's Hungary risks becoming a European pariah after declaring it will no longer certify gender studies courses. Even if they're right about their academic worthlessness, should officials tell universities what to teach?

"Astonishment" was the word Budapest's Central European University (CEU) used in response to the government's measures - "without any justification or antecedent" - first proposed last year and outlined in detail earlier this month.

The 44 students enrolled in the master's program at the George Soros-backed university would be allowed to complete their courses, alongside the 10-person intake at the state-funded ELTE, the only other Hungarian university to teach the discipline. But from next year onwards, the ministry of education will not spend public funds on gender studies, nor award diplomas for completing a degree (though CEU students can continue to study for the English-language US-certified degree).

The decision places Hungary radically at odds with the rest of the Western world. From Croatia to Ireland, every other EU state has at least one functioning gender studies program, and in the US, the number has risen threefold in the last three decades, with courses offered at over 350 higher learning institutions.

'Gender studies is ideology, not science'
But perhaps more astonishing than the closure itself is the honesty with which the government is justifying its decision. Although officials' statements mention low enrollment, financial expediency, and real-world applicability of gender studies diplomas, they have made it explicit that this is an ideological decision first and foremost.

For the first time in decades, a democratic country has made an explicit pushback against the left-wing drift of academia.

"The subject of the discipline goes against everything the government thinks about human beings," Bence Retvari, the minister of human resources and one of the ideologues of the proposal, told parliament last year.

"Gender studies - similarly to Marxism-Leninism - can be called an ideology rather than a science, and therefore it is doubtful that it attains the scientific level expected for a university degree course."

It can be argued that rather than being "like Marxism-Leninism," gender studies are in fact Marxism-Leninism, founded on feminist theory and intersected with the latest left-wing sociology and political science.
(more at page ...)
---





Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2018 19:27:06 -0000
Subject: "Norway's Melting Glaciers Release Over 2,000 Artifacts"


"Norway's Melting Glaciers Release Over 2,000 Artifacts"

Ha!  Two points:
1) these finds are just from the edges of retreating glaciers; there are probably many more deeper in, below the still-frozen masses;

2) these finds clearly show that temperatures were much warmer than now during the last 6,000 years, for people to have been living in areas which are now frozen over and glaciated!

But the `SmithsonianMag' is not interested in telling the truth about "Climate Changes"!

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-artifacts-pulled-edge-norways-melting-glaciers-180967949/
By Jason Daley - smithsonian.com | January 26, 2018

Norway's Melting Glaciers Release Over 2,000 Artifacts
Spanning 6,000 years, the well-preserved items hint at the history of mountain dwellers
...
Glaciers and permafrost hold many of these treasures, but as climate changes they're releasing their haul to the elements. And as Kastalia Medrano at Newsweek reports, this is exactly what's happening in Norway. A group of glacial archaeologists have recovered over 2,000 artifacts from the edges of Norway's glaciers, and the find promises to help researchers better understand the history of mountain populations.

Archaeologists from the United Kingdom and Norway have surveyed the edges of glaciers in Norway's highest mountains in Oppland since 2011 as part of the Glacier Archaeology Program and its Secrets of the Ice Project. They've uncovered thousands of objects that date as far back as 4,000 B.C., including wooden skis, near complete bronze-age arrows and wooden shafts, Viking swords, clothing and the skulls of pack horses.

"[In] the glaciated mountain passes, you can find basically anything," Lars Pilř, co-director of the Glacier Archaeology Program tells Medrano. "Obviously because of the fantastic artifacts there's a lot of focus on the individual finds. But I think what is more important, perhaps, is the bigger picture."

Researchers have begun drawing conclusions from their extraordinary finds in a new article published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. Researchers were able to get ages for 153 of those thousands of objects, discovering that the recovered artifacts were not spread out evenly over time. Some eras saw a clustering of artifacts while others saw relatively few.

Upon closer examination, says senior author James H. Barrett of the University of Cambridge, some peaks in artifact numbers stood out immediately. "One such pattern which really surprised us was the possible increase in activity in the period known as the Late Antique Little Ice Age (c. 536 - 660 AD). This was a time of cooling; harvests may have failed and populations may have dropped," he says. "Remarkably, though, the finds from the ice may have continued through this period, perhaps suggesting that the importance of mountain hunting (mainly for reindeer) increased to supplement failing agricultural harvests in times of low temperatures. Alternatively, any decline in high-elevation activity during the Late Antique Little Ice Age was so brief that we cannot observe it from the available evidence."

Barrett says another spike in artifacts comes between the 8th and 10th centuries. That's a period when the population of the area increased as did trade and mobility, eventually leading to the Viking Age when the peoples of Norway began expanding outward. The desire in rising urban centers for more mountain goods could have driven more hunters onto the ice.

As Pilř tells Elaina Zachos at National Geographic, the way reindeer were hunted also changed at this time. Instead of going after single animals with bow and arrow, hunters developed new techniques to herd and trap the animals. "We think that this type of intensive hunting - was unsustainable," Pilř says."They were eradicating the reindeer."

After the 11th century, the number of artifacts drops off, perhaps caused by reduction in reindeer numbers. Brit Solli, of the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo says in a press release that the advent of bubonic plague in the 14th century could have later contributed to population declines as well as reduced the demand for mountain goods.

The team hopes to collect more artifacts and data points to further illuminate this poorly understood time in Scandinavian history. Glacier archaeology, Pilř tells Zachos, is quite different from traditional archaeology in which researchers spend months or years digging in one spot with trowels and brushes. Instead, they hike the glacier edge from mid-August to mid-September when the snow pack is at its lowest, walking the ice edge and marking artifacts with bamboo poles for later recovery. Getting the objects off the mountain quickly is key since they can begin to degrade.

Norway is not the only place where artifacts are emerging from the ice due to climate change. As Marissa Fessenden wrote for Smithsonian.com in 2015, bodies of soldiers lost during World War I have emerged from the Alps and Incan mummies have emerged from glaciers in the Andes. Melting permafrost in southwest Alaska has also released 2,500 artifacts, including woven baskets and wooden masks. Researchers even think Ötzi the iceman, the most famous glacier mummy, likely emerged due to the warming climate.

There are countless negative impacts of the changing climate, but the recovery of these artifacts could be an unexpected positive. Our uncertain climate future may inadvertently help researchers learn more about our past.
---





Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2018 16:30:21 -0000
Subject: UK: "Rise in type 2 diabetes in young people"


UK: "Rise in type 2 diabetes in young people"

Many years ago the word on the street was - `Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar' (in fact it was called "sugar diabetes" in those days).

Then political correctness (or corporate lobbying) took over and diabetes became simply an `illness'.

Now they're finally admitting what was obvious long ago - Diabetes is caused by sugar!

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45224668
18 August 2018
Rise in type 2 diabetes in young people in England and Wales

The number of children and young people being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales has gone up from 507 to 715 in four years, new figures show.

More than three-quarters were also obese, according to the NHS data.
Child health experts said the rise was "alarming" and the childhood obesity epidemic was "starting to bite".

Councils said more needed to be done to tackle the obesity crisis in children, particularly among minority ethnic groups, who were most affected.

Type 2 diabetes can lead to a range of health problems such as heart disease, strokes and kidney problems.

The condition occurs when the body cannot produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. It can be linked to obesity.

The figures come from an audit published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health of type 2 diabetes cases in specialist paediatric units.

They show a rise in young people receiving care for the condition between 2013-14 and 2016-17, but they make up a tiny percentage of the total population of under-25s.

Almost half of those treated for type 2 diabetes in 2016-17 were black or Asian, the figures show. They were also more likely to be female and living in a deprived area.

'Extremely worrying'
The Local Government Association, which receives funding for public health from the government, says the true number of young people affected could be higher.

It said it was "extremely worrying" that more young people are developing the condition.

Official data shows that one in five 10 and 11-year-olds is obese, and one in 10 four and five-year-olds is obese in England.

Prof Russell Viner, president of the RCPCH, said: "A rise in Type 2 diabetes of this magnitude is alarming and shows that the childhood obesity epidemic is starting to bite."

Kathryn Kirchner, clinical advisor at Diabetes UK, said one of the most important risk factors for type 2 diabetes was being overweight or obese, which is something that can be influenced.

"These figures are a stark reminder that we have a collective responsibility to push for the actions outlined in the most recent chapter of the childhood obesity plan, including clearer and more consistent food labelling."

A Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman said: "We've invested billions in public health services and have already removed the equivalent of 45 million kilograms of sugar from soft drinks every year.

"Our new childhood obesity plan will now get children exercising more in schools, and reduce their exposure to sugary and fatty foods."
---





Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2018 20:09:41 -0000
Subject: "Ancient Mayan discovery: 7,000 yo skeleton" - WRONG!


"Ancient Mayan discovery: 7,000 yo skeleton" - WRONG!

I doubt it!  These fashionable folk don't do their research: they've overlooked the Olmecs, an obviously African group who arrived (maybe c. 1500 BCE) almost a thousand years before the Maya (a slave-owning group who seemed to come from northern Aegean after another, later, catastrophe).

And those unnatural long-headed skulls (about 40% more volume than human) are NOT Maya.  They're occasionally found around Meso + South America - and it seems local natives tried to imitate them by skull-binding their babies' heads (which gives NO extra volume).

http://www.perceptions.couk.com/westward.html#1
"We think those Africans landed, eventually, on the southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico (west of the Yucatan), making that area their power-base and spreading their influence for several hundred years"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olmecs
"The Olmecs were the earliest known major civilization in Mexico"

http://www.perceptions.couk.com/authority.html#egal
"the original people of the area were rural and egalitarian - i.e. democratic, living equally. That's because earlier and later communities had no `ruler's houses' or `palaces'."


Cheers
Ray D


https://www.rt.com/news/435524-mexico-ancient-mayan-skeletons/
Published time: 9 Aug, 2018 12:18

Ancient Mayan discovery: 7,000 yo skeleton unearthed in Mexican cave (PHOTOS)

Human remains dating back as far as 7,000 years have been found in a cave in southern Mexico. Experts believe the skeletons belong to the earliest-known ancestors of the country's ancient Mayan civilization.

Researchers from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropological History (INAH) discovered three sets of remains during a search of the Puyil cave in the Tacotalpa municipality of Tabasco state in Mexico. One set is thought to be around 7,000 years old, while the other two are estimated to date back 4,000 years.

Archaeologist Alberto Martos said the find was especially interesting as the age of the bones marks a time when humans were transitioning from being hunters to more sedentary creatures.

"There were different groups during this time that used the caves, clearly it wasn't a domestic cave," Martos said in a statement. "In prehistoric times it was probably used for rituals and cemeteries so as to dispose of remains of people. For the Maya, it was a cave of ancestors."

The remains, which are on display along with other artifacts in Mexico City's Anthropology Museum, are not the only major Mayan cultural finds in recent times. In February, archaeologists recovered a treasure trove of relics and remains from the world's largest underwater cave in the Yucatan peninsula. The discovery included fossils of a type of ancient elephant, giant sloths and a shrine to a Mayan god. It's believed that desperate animals ventured into the caves in search of water at times of severe drought, some of which then became trapped.
---





Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2018 13:17:20 -0000
Subject: Roman Dodecahedrons


Roman Dodecahedrons

dodecahedron1dodecahedron2 Yup, we've talked about these before.  The problem is there is no mention of them in ANY known Roman writings.

That's a phenomenon we can still see today: sometimes, if a thing is ubiquitous and known to everyone, it simply doesn't get written about.

Cheers
Ray D


http://mentalfloss.com/article/514246/are-roman-dodecahedrons-worlds-most-mysterious-artifact
BY TOM METCALFE AUGUST 6, 2018

The Mysterious Bronze Objects That Have Baffled Archeologists for Centuries

One August day in 1987, Brian Campbell was refilling the hole left by a tree stump in his yard in Romford, East London, when his shovel struck something metal. He leaned down and pulled the object from the soil, wondering at its strange shape. The object was small - smaller than a tennis ball - and caked with heavy clay. "My first impressions," Campbell tells Mental Floss, "were it was beautifully and skillfully made - probably by a blacksmith as a measuring tool of sorts."

Campbell placed the artifact on his kitchen windowsill, where it sat for the next 10 or so years. Then, he visited the Roman fort and archeological park in Saalburg, Germany - and there, in a glass display case, was an almost identical object. He realized that his garden surprise was a Roman dodecahedron: a 12-sided metal mystery that has baffled archeologists for centuries. Although dozens, and perhaps hundreds, of explanations have been offered to account for the dodecahedrons, no one is certain just what they were used for.

The first Roman dodecahedron to intrigue archeologists was found almost 300 years ago, buried in a field in the English countryside along with some ancient coins. "A piece of mixed metal, or ancient brass, consisting of 12 equal sides," read the description of the egg-sized object when it was presented to the Society of Antiquaries in London in 1739. The 12 faces had "an equal number of perforations within them, all of unequal diameters, but opposite to one another - every faceing had a knobb or little ball fixed to it." The antiquarians were flummoxed by the finely crafted metal shell, and what its purpose may have been.

The 1739 dodecahedron was far from the last discovery of its kind. More than 100 similar objects have since been found at dozens of sites across northern Europe dating to around the 1st to 5th centuries CE. Ranging in size from about a golf ball to a bit larger than a baseball, each one has 12 equally sized faces, and each face has a hole of varying diameter. The objects themselves are all hollow.

By the mid-19th century, as more were found, the objects became known to archaeologists as dodecahedrons, from the Greek for "12 faces." They're on display today in dozens of museums and archaeological collections throughout Europe, although given how little is known about them, their explanatory labels tend to be brief.

What's more, they have no paper trail. Historians have found no written documentation of the dodecahedrons in any historical sources. That void has encouraged dozens of competing, and sometimes colorful, theories about their purpose, from military banner ornaments to candleholders to props used in magic spells. The obvious craftsmanship that went into them - at a time when metal objects were expensive and difficult to make - has prompted many researchers to argue they were valuable, an idea that's supported by the fact that several have been found stashed away with Roman-era coins. But that still doesn't explain why they were made.

In the 19th century, some antiquarians favored the theory that the dodecahedrons were a type of weapon - perhaps the head of a mace (a type of club with a heavy head), or a metal bullet for a hand-held sling. But as other scholars later pointed out, even the largest of the dodecahedrons are too light to inflict much damage. Moreover, Roman soldiers usually fired solid lead balls from their slings - nothing that looked like the intricate, and hollow, dodecahedrons.

Yet weapons aren't the only items useful in a war. Amelia Sparavigna, a physicist at Italy's Politecnico di Torino, thinks the dodecahedrons were used by the Roman military as a type of rangefinder. In research published on the online repository arXiv in 2012, Sparavigna argued that they could have been used to calculate the distance to an object of known size (such as a military banner or an artillery weapon) by looking through pairs of the dodecahedrons' differently sized holes, until the object and the edges of the two circles in the dodecahedron aligned. Theoretically, only one set of holes for a given distance would line up, according to Sparavigna.

The theory is strengthened by the fact that several of the dodecahedrons have been found at Roman military sites. Sparavigna tells Mental Floss that `the small little studs [on the outside allow for] a good grip of the object. So an expert soldier could use it in any condition,' while the many pairs of holes allowed them to quickly select between a variety of ranges. `The Roman army needed a rangefinder, and the dodecahedron can be used as a rangefinder,' she explains.
But many modern scholars disagree. Historian Tibor Grüll of the University of Pécs in Hungary, who reviewed the academic literature about the dodecahedrons in 2016, points out that no two Roman dodecahedrons are the same size, and none have any numerals or letters engraved on them - markings you might expect on a mathematical instrument. "In my opinion, the practical function of this object can be excluded because ... none of the items have any inscriptions or signs on [them]," Grüll tells Mental Floss.

He points to the distribution of the objects as an important clue. They have been found across a northwestern swath of the former Roman Empire from Hungary to northern England, but not in other Roman territories such as Italy, Spain, North Africa, or the Middle East. That lack works against the idea that the objects were military devices. "If it was a tool for ranging artillery," Grull says, "why does it not appear all over the empire in a military context?"

Perhaps the dodecahedrons were used for play, not war. Some scholars have suggested they may have been part of a child's toy, like the French cup-and-ball game known as bilboquet, which dates from the Middle Ages. Their shape also invites comparisons to the dice used for gambling, a common pastime in the Roman era. But most Roman dice were six-sided, smaller, and carved from solid wood, stone, or ivory. Plus, the differently sized holes on each face of the dodecahedrons makes them useless as dice: One side is always heavier than the other, so they always fall the same way.

Many scholars have suggested that the items had a special cultural significance, and perhaps even a religious function, for the peoples in the formerly Gallic regions of northern Europe. The 1939 discovery of a well-preserved bronze dodecahedron in Krefeld, near Germany's border with the Netherlands, lends credence to this idea. The object was found in the 4th-century CE grave of a wealthy woman, along with the remains of a bone staff. According to an essay from the Gallo-Roman Museum at Tongeren in Belgium, the dodecahedron was likely mounted on the staff like a kind of scepter head, and "probably ascribed with magical powers, bestowing religious power and prestige on its owner."

Or perhaps they had a different kind of cultural significance. Divination or fortune-telling was popular throughout the Roman empire, and the 12 sides of the dodecahedrons could suggest a link to the astrological zodiac. Others have suggested a link to Plato, who said that the dodecahedron was the shape `used for embroidering the constellations on the whole heaven.' (It's not quite clear exactly what Plato was talking about.)

Rüdiger Schwarz, an archeologist at the Saalburg Roman Archaeological Park near Frankfurt in Germany - where Campbell first identified the curious object he'd found - explains that any discussion of the cultural significance of the objects is purely speculative. "We have no sources from antiquity which give an explanation of the function or the meaning of these objects," Schwarz says. "Any of these theories may be true, but can neither be proved right or wrong."

Schwarz points to another theory: The dodecahedrons may have been a type of `masterpiece' to show off a craftsman's metalworking abilities. This might be why they rarely show any signs of wear. "In this respect, the technical function of the dodecahedron is not the crucial point. It is the quality and accuracy of the work piece that is astonishing," he tells Mental Floss. "One could imagine that a Roman bronze caster had to show his ability by manufacturing a dodecahedron in order to achieve a certain status."

Of course, the internet loves an ancient mystery, and ideas about the purpose of the Roman dodecahedrons have flourished there. The work of Dutch researcher G.M.C. Wagemans, detailed at romandodecahedron.com, proposes that the objects were astronomical instruments used to calculate agriculturally important dates in the spring and fall by measuring the angle of sunlight through the different pairs of holes. Other internet researchers, perhaps less seriously, have used 3D-printed models of the Roman dodecahedrons for knitting experiments, and suggested that the true purpose of the objects was to create differently sized fingers for Roman woolen gloves.

Campbell has taken his artifact to several museums in London, but beyond confirming what it is, they could provide no further clues about its particular origin or purpose. "Many [is] the time I have handled it wondering as to its exact use," he says.

While Campbell has no clear idea what the Romans were doing with the dodecahedron - which he now keeps in a display cabinet in his house - he does propose how it might have come to be in his garden: by being left behind by soldiers traveling between London and the early Roman provincial capital of Camulodunum, now Colchester in Essex. Romford was at that time a river crossing and the probable site of a fortified posting station used by Roman troops for changing horses and resting in safety.

"Two thousand years ago, I believe this area was forested and the River Rom's flood plain was much wider than today," Campbell says. "I often form a picture in my head of 100 or so Roman soldiers in full uniform bedding down in the area, now the bottom of my garden."

Roman dodecahedrons are still being found today. Recent examples have been unearthed by metal-detectorists in the north of England, and by archaeologists excavating a late-Roman rubbish pit in the north of France [PDF]. It's likely more will be found in the future.

But unless someone also finds an instruction manual - and after more than 1500 years, that seems doubtful - the Roman dodecahedrons will continue to baffle, and fascinate, for many years to come.
---





Date: Tue, 7 A target="_blank"ug 2018 00:31:43 -0000
Subject: "'Hothouse Earth' risks" WRONG!


"'Hothouse Earth' risks" WRONG!

Ha!  Totally unscientific propaganda hype.  If it were true we would already've been fried two or three times in the last ten thousand years, when temperatures have climbed much higher than now. Ten or twenty degrees higher in some near-Arctic countries (see Greenland and Nordic glacier retreats in Medieval era).

If you read "Green Tyranny: Exposing the Totalitarian Roots of the Climate Industrial Complex" you might be surprised to see this scare-mongering is not new, and that it all comes from the same place.

A loose combination of Swedish communists, allied with East German communists (mostly Jewish apparently) first attacked Western industry by inventing the "Acid Rain" scare (1960's) which was baseless, then the same grouping tried again by claiming we were provoking a "New Ice age" (mid '70's) which was also baseless.

And now the same grouping is hyping "Global Warming" - which is normal every few thousand, years (as is intermittent cooling).

Tell them to try looking at reality!

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45084144
By Matt McGrath - Environment correspondent | 4 hours ago - 06 August 2018

Climate change: 'Hothouse Earth' risks even if CO2 emissions slashed
Researchers believe we could soon cross a threshold leading to boiling hot temperatures and towering seas in the centuries to come.

Even if countries succeed in meeting their CO2 targets, we could still lurch on to this "irreversible pathway".
(more at page ...)
---





Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2018 19:08:02 -0000
Subject: Germany's `China City'


Germany's 'China City'

Here you go Choong, looks like China is well on the way to establishing that `Belt and Road Project' (the New Silk Road).

And it also looks like European workers will have to speed up a bit to match the Chinese.

Cheers
Ray


https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/aug/01/germanys-china-city-duisburg-became-xi-jinping-gateway-europe
Wed 1 Aug 2018 07.15 BST Last modified on Wed 1 Aug 2018 13.15 BST

Germany's `China City'': how Duisburg became Xi Jinping's gateway to Europe
The city is host to the world's largest inland port, with 80% of trains from China now making it their first European stop
....
Every week, around 30 Chinese trains arrive at a vast terminal in Duisburg's inland port, their containers either stuffed with clothes, toys and hi-tech electronics from Chongqing, Wuhan or Yiwu, or carrying German cars, Scottish whisky, French wine and textiles from Milan heading the other way.

In Duisburg's port, where train tracks run straight to the edge of the Rhine River, goods are loaded straight on to ships, stored for further dispatch in one of several football pitch-sized storage units, or sent on by train or truck to Greece, Spain or Britain.

Duisburg was already regarded as the world's largest inland port. But thanks to the Belt and Road infrastructure project - a revival of the Silk Road route that Mercator had read about in the travelogues of Marco Polo, this time subsidised with billions of dollars by the Chinese government - the port is fast becoming Europe's central logistics hub. Around 80% of trains from China now make it their first European stop, with most using the northern silk road route via Khorgos on the China-Kazakhstan border and the Russian capital, Moscow.
(more at page)
---





Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 22:21:14 -0000
Subject: "Worms unfrozen after 42,000 years"


"Worms unfrozen after 42,000 years"

Interesting - wonder if the scientists have taken precautions to confine and quarantine the virus-load within those worms!

[Even sea water carries a load of millions of viruses in every spoonful.]

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.rt.com/news/434375-frozen-worms-alive-siberia-permafrost/
Published time: 26 Jul, 2018 19:38

They're back! Worms unfrozen after 42,000 years are alive and eating
Two worms that have been frozen in permafrost for up to 42,000 years have come back to life, and are now considered the oldest living animals on the planet, in what is being described as a major scientific breakthrough.

The ancient nematodes (aka roundworms) are `moving and eating' again for the first time since the Pleistocene age, after coming back to life in Petri dishes, according to a new study by a team of Russian scientists in collaboration with Princeton University.

"We have obtained the first data demonstrating the capability of multicellular organisms for longterm cryobiosis in permafrost deposits of the Arctic," wrote the study's authors.

Some 300 prehistoric worms were defrosted in a laboratory at The Institute of Physico-Chemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science in Moscow and analysed for the study. Two females have since `showed signs of life' in a small `but groundbreaking' victory for the researchers involved.

"Our data demonstrates the ability of multicellular organisms to survive long-term (tens of thousands of years) cryobiosis under the conditions of natural cryoconservation," said the scientists involved in the study to The Siberian Times.

"It is obvious that this ability suggests that the Pleistocene nematodes have some adaptive mechanisms that may be of scientific and practical importance for the related fields of science, such as cryomedicine, cryobiology, and astrobiology."

Both worms came from two areas in Yakutia, the coldest region in Russia. One, believed to be about 32,000-years-old, came from an squirrel burrow in a permafrost wall close to Pleistocene Park. The other, around 47,000 years old, was found in permafrost near the Alazeya River in 2015.
---





Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2018 09:49:55 -0000
Subject: "Climate change linked with increased suicide rates" - WRONG!


"Climate change linked with increased suicide rates" - WRONG!

Ha!  Desperate climate-alarmists are scraping the bottom of the barrel!  They've erected a structure of of wild claims based on what?  Mostly on figures obtained in MEXICO - a country ruled by murdering, raping and kidnapping gangs!

I've lived and worked (hard) in mostly tropical countries for much of working life and my conditions, and of those around me (girlfriends etc), were almost opposite to these alarmist "results".  I.e. we were happy in spite of the heat and simply looked for ways to cool down in our leisure time.

Personally avoided most air-conditioned bars and hotels because I had been properly acclimatised in Borneo and was comfortable relaxing in buildings with `natural coolness' from good ventilation and, especially if living in tents, being sited above mosquito levels.

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-suicides-global-warming-mental-health-us-mexico-stanford-university-a8460111.html
Josh Gabbatiss Science Correspondent | 14 hours ago - 24 July 2018

Climate change linked with increased suicide rates as extreme heat `profoundly affects human mind'
...
"We've been studying the effects of warming on conflict and violence for years, finding that people fight more when it's hot," said Professor Solomon Hsiang, a study co-author based at the University of California, Berkeley.
...
They found that across the counties and municipalities they studied, a 1C boost in monthly average temperatures coincided with suicide spikes of 0.7 per cent in the US and 2.1 per cent in Mexico.

Using this information, the scientists then employed data from climate models to calculate the impact a warmer world will have on future mental wellbeing.

They found that by 2050 suicide rates are set to increase by 1.4 per cent in the US and 2.3 percent in Mexico.

This effect, which amounts to an additional 21,000 deaths throughout the region, is roughly equivalent to the impact of an economic recession on suicide rates.

To support their conclusions, the scientists found that higher monthly temperatures were also associated with an increased use of depressive language such as `lonely' and `suicidal' on Twitter.
(more at page ...)
---





Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:54:53 -0000
Subject: "Public still doubt scientific consensus"


"Public still doubt scientific consensus"

Ha!  The other day got a mailpost bulletin from the "Economic and Social Research Council" - a quango paid to "shape public opinion".

-
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKESRC/bulletins/1fe5075
Public still doubt scientific consensus on climate change

Only about one third of people in Germany, the UK, France and Norway believe that there is a strong scientific consensus on the reality of climate change, says a major survey of opinions on climate change, climate policy and future energy options among over 4,000 people.

---
Was immediately reminded of a request (for explanation re: science consensus) from an earnest guy styling himself as "Q" (for questioner?);
and of my reply, which started like this:
"Hi `Q',
In fact science is riven by disputes, in almost all disciplines, often about the most basic realities of present theories.  And this has always been the case.  However the average scientist, being relatively uninformed about cutting-edge research results, usually prefers to believe in a `consensus' of safe, accepted (fashionable) views.  A consensus which, because it is composed of the views of mediocre uninformed scientists, is worthless.

But science, like medicine, prefers to present a united front to the world through the MSM, who are only too ignorantly happy to present that (false) consensus to us as `scientific fact'.  So the public is for the most part unaware."
---

The full chat is in a SciPage here.

Cheers
Ray D

PS - recently found that Fred Hoyle had written much the same opinion - with keen logic. RD





Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2018 17:10:03 -0000
Subject: "Ancient Humans Lived in China 2.1 Million Years Ago"


"Ancient Humans Lived in China 2.1 Million Years Ago"

Some more stuff backing-up our firming opinion that China, not Africa, was the cradle of humanity (well, the intelligent humans anyway).

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/07/early-humans-left-africa-250000-years-earlier-than-thought/564896/
ROBINSON MEYER | JUL 11, 2018
Ancient Humans Lived in China 2.1 Million Years Ago

The discovery of stone tools - the oldest ever found outside of Africa - dramatically shifts the story of hominin migration, researchers say.

For hundreds of thousands of years, small bands of ancient humans ranged across a sandy, hilly grassland. They survived on the mammals around them - perhaps hunting them, perhaps scavenging for their carcasses - and their tools were rudimentary, razor-sharp blades formed from chipped stone. They lived in fear of the big cats and large predators that stalked their children.

And they were isolated. They likely rarely encountered other creatures who looked like them, beyond the 25 or 50 with whom they lived.

This was the strange existence of early-human ancestors on the savannah. It's a classic scene - the image of hunter-gatherers roaming grasslands is just as at home in a biology textbook as it was in 2001: A Space Odyssey. But according to new research, this scene did not play out only in Africa.

Our ancient ancestors lived in China, too.
Ancient humans appear to have reached northwestern China about 2.1 million years ago, and they lived there for hundreds of thousands of years, according to a new study published Wednesday in Nature. It suggests that hominins migrated out of Africa much earlier, and spread much farther east, than once thought.

Previously, the earliest ancient-human presence outside of Africa had been a Homo erectus fossil found in a cave in Dmanisi, Georgia. It was dated to 1.85 million years ago. This newly discovered community of early humans lived roughly 250,000 years earlier than that group, and did so 3,500 miles to the east.
(more at page ...)
---





Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 20:14:03 -0000
Subject: "Earliest evidence of humans outside Africa"


"Earliest evidence of humans outside Africa"

Well, well.  As we've discussed several times already, think that "Out of Africa 60,000 yrs ago" was a media-myth - created for politically-correct propaganda reasons.

All evidence accumulated in recent years points to separate development, especially in East-Asia (earliest in China).

Global IQs And that's just the archeological evidence - anthropology also says the more physically sophisticated (and highly intelligent) Chinese are maybe millions of years more evolved than Africans and Mid-Easterners.

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44797323
By Paul Rincon - Science editor | BBC News - 11 July 2018
Earliest evidence of humans outside Africa

Scientists say they've found the earliest known evidence of a human presence outside Africa.
Stone tools discovered in China suggest primitive humans - or a close relative - were in the region as early as 2.12 million years ago.

They are about 270,000 years older than the previous earliest evidence, which consists of bones and tools from Dmanisi in Georgia.

The research, by a Chinese-British team, appears in the journal Nature.

The stone artefacts were discovered at Shangchen on a plateau in northern China.

They comprise different types of stone tools constructed for a variety of purposes. All show signs of having been used.

Most were made of quartzite and quartz rock that probably came from the foothills of the Qinling Mountains, five to 10 km to the south of the dig site.

But we don't know for sure which species of human relative made them.

But there had been no evidence of occupation by human relatives in Eurasia until the Dmanisi evidence at 1.8 million years ago.

Writing in Nature, palaeoanthropologist John Kappelman, who was not involved with the new study, commented: "The roughly 14,000-kilometre trek from eastern Africa to eastern Asia represents a range expansion of dramatic proportions."

Africa has traditionally been seen as the engine of human evolution - where key species arose before spreading out through the rest of the world.

However, some scientists have proposed a more important role in this story for Asia. With these new finds, some researchers will wonder how much further back the human story goes in Asia.
(more at page ...)
---





Date:Tue, 10 Jul 2018 22:48:20 -0000
Subject: "Stunning coral forests discovered"


"Stunning coral forests discovered"

Well worth a look - the undersea colors are striking.

(BTW - all those coral reefs look very healthy, thriving is the word, apparently regardless of temperatures!)

Cheers
Ray D

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2018/jul/09/stunning-coral-forests-discovered-around-sicilys-deep-sea-volcanoes-in-pictures
Mon 9 Jul 2018 13.26 BST

Stunning coral forests discovered around Sicily's deep sea volcanoes - in pictures
Scientists find a spectacular forest of bamboo coral, rare carnivorous sponges, and species never before seen in the region

The crew filmed and took photographs up to 981m deep with an underwater robot and collected samples from the seabed.
(more at page w/photos ...)
---





Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:00:06 -0000
Subject: "Kissinger: dangers of artificial intelligence"


"Kissinger: dangers of artificial intelligence"

Heck!  That world "which humans will no longer be able to understand" is already here for many folk.

Precious few people are equipped with basic physics and basic electronics (with the necessary maths) along with knowledge of `simple coding':  Boolean logic & Binary - Murray Code - ASCII (keyboard code), with HTML and Java being useful also;  that allows them to know the physical "hows" and "whys" of our increasingly algorithm-driven technology and society.  [Programmers also need actual `computer languages'.]

Today politicians, senior civil servants, magistrates and police etc. are implementing policies and rules which, unbeknown to them, have often been constructed by algorithms, of which virtually nobody knows the complete workings - or of all their `unintended consequences'.

If that's not dangerous I don't know what is!

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.rt.com/news/432425-henry-kissinger-artificial-intelligence/
Published time: 9 Jul, 2018 20:40 - Edited time: 10 Jul, 2018 07:41

Henry Kissinger pens ominous warning on dangers of artificial intelligence
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has issued a stark warning to humanity: advances in artificial intelligence could lead to a world which humans will no longer be able to understand - and we should start preparing now.

What if machines learn to communicate with each other? What if they begin to establish their own objectives? What if they become so intelligent that they are making decisions beyond the capacity of the human mind?

Those are some of the questions the 95-year-old Kissinger poses in a piece published by the Atlantic under the apocalyptic headline: `How The Enlightenment Ends.'
...
Into the unknown
We are, Kissinger warns, in the midst of a "sweeping technical revolution whose consequences we have failed to fully reckon with and whose culmination may be a world relying on machines powered by data and algorithms and ungoverned by ethical or philosophical norms."

Kissinger uses the example of a self-driving car. Driving a car requires judgements in impossible-to-predict circumstances. What would happen, he asks, if the car found itself having to decide between killing a grandparent or killing a child? Who would it choose, and why?

Artificial intelligence goes "far beyond" the kind of automation we are used to, he says, because AI has the ability to "establish its own objectives," which makes it "inherently unstable." In other words, through its processes, AI "develops an ability previously thought to be reserved for human beings."
(more at page ...)
---





Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2018 19:34:17 -0000
Subject: "All-time heat records" WRONG!


"All-time heat records"  WRONG!

Ha!  More media half-truths (actually lying propaganda).  What they're really meaning to say is "in last hundred or so years".  Because that's the extent of even part-way verifiable records.

But when we look further back we see that temperatures were much higher about a thousand years ago, and even higher about two thousand years ago.

Why is that significant?

Because, when the world was much warmer than now happens to be the times of human ascendancies - when crops were plentiful, winters mild, and humans expanded across the globe.

Cheers
Ray D
PS - that crap reporter ignored a real heat -record: in 1783


https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/heatwave-temperature-records-broken-europe-north-america-eurasia-middle-east-latest-a8432226.html
Jason Samenow - 2 hours ago | 05 July 1018

All-time heat records have been set all over the world this week
Collectively these are consistent with the kind of extremes expected from a warming world

From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest temperatures ever recorded over the past week.

Large areas of heat pressure or heat domes scattered around the hemisphere led to the sweltering temperatures.
(more at page ...)
---





Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2018 11:01:54 -0000
Subject: "Einstein's theory of relativity proven right" WRONG!


"Einstein's theory of relativity proven right" WRONG!

Ignorant media hacks. You can't prove a theory right!  All you can do is say the theory isn't definitely wrong - yet!

Cheers
Ray D

PS - personally I DON'T believe in rubber-sheet relativity.


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/einstein-theory-relativity-gravity-space-three-star-system-study-research-a8431471.html
Andrew Griffin @_andrew_griffin | 16 hours ago - 05 July 2018

Einstein's theory of relativity proven right in huge space experiment
(more at page ...)
---





Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2018 19:11:07 -0000
Subject: "Uranus hit by huge object"


"Uranus hit by huge object"

Finally!  For years amateurs have been telling the BigSci establishment that Uranus was obviously impacted.

Any fool (me included) could take a look at its angle of axis of spin (more or less pointing flat into the Sun, rather than vertical like Earth and most other planets), and conclude it had been severely `disturbed' - i.e. whopped!

BTW - one other planet shows similar signs of `disturbance' - Venus.

Venus was hit hard enough to not only stop it spinning and maybe turn on its side, but enough to make it spin slowly BACKWARDS!

It begins to sound a little like Velikovsky's scenarios - Yes?

But if you check the Velikovsky scandal you might see why BigSci is so slow to admit the truth!

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/uranus-sideways-tilt-tipped-collision-proto-planet-solar-system-a8429351.html
Andrew Griffin - @_andrew_griffin - 2 hours ago 03 July 2018

Uranus hit by huge object that tilted it to the side, scientists find
The violent impact might also explain why the planet is so cold

Uranus's strange climate and unusual tilt could be explained by an impact with a huge object, according to new research.

Scientists have long been puzzled over why the planet is shunted slightly over to its side. The new research could finally offer an answer, in a major collision with another object.

As well as explaining the planet's jaunty angle, the vast collision might also be the reason why Uranus came to have such freezing temperatures. And it could help us understand the mysterious exoplanets that are dotted throughout the universe and give hope for finding alien life.

Computer simulations showed that debris from the impact could have made a thin shell around the ice layer on the planet. That could have trapped the internal heat and led to the freezing conditions in the outer atmosphere, according to the research.

Most likely, the important collision happened about 4 billion years ago. Uranus probably hit a young proto-planet made of rock and ice, the researchers said.
(more at page ...)
---





Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2018 12:43:11 -0000
Subject: "GIRLS are facing a ban on skirts


"GIRLS are facing a ban on skirts"

Ha!  Those ignorant (politically correct and/or moronic religionist) schools are making themselves liable to be sued by those girls and their parents - for inflicting a host of harmful fungal diseases on them!

There is A REASON why women wear skirts in all tropical, temperate and even low arctic areas of the world:

- that extra aeration tends to prevent the infestation of painful thrush (candida or `yeast infection'), cystitis and like fungal infections, along with innumerable consequent life-affecting maladies.

I would recommend them to get a good lawyer (with a copy of Encyclopedia Britannica) and sue the moronic politically correct schools for all they've got!

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6667719/school-girls-face-skirt-ban-gender-neutral-uniforms-transgender/
By Phoebe Cooke | 1st July 2018, 9:30 amUpdated: 1st July 2018, 12:11 pm

Girls face ban on skirts as schools opt for gender neutral uniforms to cater for transgender pupils
Critics say that all pupils, including schoolboys, should also have the freedom to wear skirts

GIRLS are facing a ban on skirts as schools opt for gender neutral uniforms to cater for transgender pupils.

Traditional schoolwear could be on its way out, as dozens of schools prohibit pupils from wearing them in favour of a trousers-only policy.

At least 40 secondary schools have already banned girls from wearing skirts at school
The Times reported how at least 40 secondary schools had already banned skirts, with others consulting on the change.

Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex, banned skirts last year after pupils questioned why its uniform was different for boys and girls, and to take into account the needs of transgender students.

Crawshaw Academy, near Leeds, is `consulting on implementing a gender-neutral uniform (trousers only)'.

The investigation also reports how skirts were placed on a list of unacceptable items alongside`skinny jeans and facial piercings' at Copleston High School in Ipswich.

Critics have argued that true freedom means all pupils can wear either skirts or trousers as they wish
The switch to trousers at Woodhey High School in Bury appeared to be for different reasons.

They said skirts were considered "undignified and embarrassing" for staff and visitors if girls sat on the floor for assembly and in drama classes.

In Bradford, multiple schools with a high proportion of Muslim pupils prohibit skirts on modesty grounds.

Bans are also common in Leeds and Grimsby.

In Ipswich the majority of girls attend `trouser-only' schools, after eight secondary schools banned them.

The moves come as the Government sets out to clarify the rights of transgender people in changes to the Gender Recognition Act, with a consultation set to be published on Tuesday.

In Japan an increasing number of schools are introducing unisex uniforms or flexible codes to support transgender students - and are encouraging schoolboys to wear skirts if they wish.

At Kashiwanoha Junior High School, for example, students can choose whether to wear skirts or slacks or ties or ribbons with blazers, regardless of their sex.

In the UK too, students are arguing that making all children wear trousers but not allowing either sex to wear skirts is also unfair.

Pupils at Philips High School, in Bury, which is set to introduce a compulsory trouser uniform for both boys and girls next year, have started a petition arguing that a ban on skirts is `sexualising' pupils' bodies.

Its female pupils say they feel more confident in skirts and that forcing them into trousers could `damage our mental health'.

The petition reads: "If any teacher believes seeing a child's leg is in any way `too sexual' they should be sacked immediately for gross misconduct."

Prominent feminist Naomi Wolf also support the argument, saying: "I think that trousers-only for everyone is a silly way to go - unless you are going to also offer the option of skirts-only for everyone."

"I believe that if everyone is offered the option of both skirts and trousers, everyone can find his, her or their comfortable fit."
---





Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2018 16:34:35 -0000
Subject: AP: "Heat + Climate Change signs all around" - WRONG!


AP: "Heat + Climate Change signs all around" - WRONG!

Ha!  A lickspittle AP hack just wrote a lying (or incompetent) article re signs of "climate change" - here's REALITY:

1) record glacier decreases - WRONG!  Glaciers were much smaller 1,000 to 3,000 years ago - i.e. the small retreats in today's glaciers are revealing earlier human habitations where it is still too cold to live today;

2) record sea-level rises - WRONG!  Around the world you find raised beaches 30 feet to 120 feet higher than today's, and they're only a few thousand years old;

3) record coral bleaching - WRONG!  Most coral reefs are thriving, as revealed by UNESCO.  I.e. - two reefs, the Caribbean and Great Barrier Reef WERE threatened - but only by corrupt govts' pollution - like Florida's.

And if you want to compare historical temperatures try the year 1783"... All the time the heat was so intense that butchers' meat could hardly be eaten on the day after it was killed; and the flies swarmed so in the lanes and hedges that they rendered the horses half frantic, and riding irksome."

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Not-just-heat-Climate-change-signs-can-be-seen-13003656.php
AP Science Writer Updated 11:13 am, Monday, June 18, 2018

Not just heat: Climate change signs can be seen all around
Some examples of where climate change's effects have been measured:

* Glaciers across the globe are melting and retreating, with 279 billion tons of ice lost since 2002, according to NASA's GRACE satellite. Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland is flowing faster than any other glacier on Earth. In 2012, it hit a record pace of about 75 inches per hour (1.9 meters). In 2017, it slowed down to 40 inches per hour (1 meter). The Portage Glacier in Alaska has retreated so much it cannot be seen from the visitor center that opened in 1986.
...
* Across the globe, seas have risen about 3 inches since 1993. That doesn't sound like much, but it is enough to cover the entire United States in water about 9 feet deep. Places like Miami Beach, Florida, and Norfolk, Virginia, flood frequently with high tides.
...
* Warmer water is repeatedly causing mass global bleaching events to Earth's fragile coral reefs. Before 1998 there had been no global mass bleaching events - which turn the living coral white and often lead to death. But there have been three in the last two decades. U.S. government coral reef specialist Mark Eakin said for multiple reasons, including global warming, "most of the reefs that were in great shape in the 1980s in Florida are just barely hanging on now."
(more at page ...)
---





Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:54:28 -0000
Subject: "Belize praised for 'visionary' steps to save coral reef"


"Belize praised for 'visionary' steps to save coral reef"

Ha!  Absolute proof of MSM (inc BBC) earlier scare-mongering `global warming' propaganda!

The only reason this reef was `endangered' was because of humans' pollution.

Exactly the same as the Great Barrier Reef!  (See foot of article below.)

Cheers
Ray
PS - here's lowdown on the AGW Hoax and the real situation;


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-44627719
3 hours ago - 27 June 2018
Belize praised for 'visionary' steps to save coral reef

World heritage body Unesco has removed the Belize Barrier Reef from its list of endangered World Heritage Sites after nine years.

It said the government of the Central American country had taken "visionary" steps to preserve it.

The reef is the second largest in the world after Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

It is home to many threatened species including marine turtles, manatees and the American marine crocodile.

Unesco added the reef to its list of world heritage sites in 1996 but said it was in danger in 2009 following plans by the Belize government to allow oil exploration in nearby waters.

Unesco urged Belize to put safeguards in place to protect what Charles Darwin described as "the most remarkable reef in the West Indies".

Environmentalists organised an informal referendum in 2012 in which 96% of those who took part voted against offshore oil activity.

In December 2017, lawmakers passed a landmark moratorium on oil exploration in Belizean waters, which makes it one of only a handful of countries in the world with such legislation.

At its meeting in Bahrain on Monday, Unesco praised Belize's "visionary plan to manage the coastline", saying that "the level of conservation we hoped for has been achieved".

The decision comes just under a year after Unesco opted not to place the Great Barrier Reef on its "in danger" list, arguing that Australia had taken action to preserve it.
---





Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2018 22:18:56 -0000
Subject: "We may be the only intelligent life"


"We may be the only intelligent life"

Ha!  These folk are desperate for news - and this is fake-news!

Face it, modern science still knows virtually nothing about the universe, not its size, nor its age, nor whether it's expanding or contracting or more or less static - and anyone who says different is simply lying, no matter how hopefully or well-meaning.  So all their estimates are empty guesswork.

They simply don't know whether unknown and maybe unknowable aliens exist in other galaxies, or this one (or even closer to home).

Because we might have no way of recognizing really alien beings.  Unless they tell us!

Cheers
Ray D


https://www.rt.com/news/430736-aliens-search-fermi-paradox/
Published time: 24 Jun, 2018 17:32 | Edited time: 25 Jun, 2018 06:50N
UF-oh no? We may be the only intelligent life out there, study finds

If intelligent life is so likely to exist elsewhere in the universe, why haven't we found it? Well, the chances of us coming across extraterrestrials are not looking good, according to a new study.

Scientists from the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University have revealed that we are probably the only advanced civilization out there, although they can't say for sure. The team came to their conclusion after realizing that Fermi's paradox and its supporting theories are somewhat flawed. The paradox is the conflict between the probability that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe and the lack of evidence of such.

This is linked to other theories like the Drake equation, which says that even if the probability of life elsewhere is small, because of the vast size of the universe, it is possible that there are a large number of civilizations somewhere out there.
(more at page ...)
---





Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2018 08:32:48 -0000
Subject: "The Deep Hot Biosphere"


"The Deep Hot Biosphere"

Just now reading Thomas Gold's "The Deep Hot Biosphere" and he's amazing.  In the dozen or so chapters so far read, he springs at least one, usually several, brilliant new ways of looking at Nature's mysteries in each chapter.

From the real origins of coal and oil to the origins of life itself, he has cogent and logical ways of investigating, most making more sense than the "accepted explanations" of modern science.

Fr'instance the standard explanation for the formation of successive coal beds (in the Carboniferous Era 300 million years ago) just doesn't make sense - it couldn't have happened that way!

Would recommend the book to anyone.

Cheers
Ray D





Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:59:19 +0800
Subject: Re: "Why are IQs Dropping?"


Well Ray, with me being living in a multicultural environment and religion being the main social theme here even I have noticed this trend long ago.  If not for a few European countries generally the continent would be a cultural wasteland.

Never underestimate what religious hordes mindset can do to a native stronghold;  before Islam the whole middle east was Christian and a few other faiths and Afghanistan was once a very beautiful and peaceful Buddhist Shangrila until Islam came and conquered.  What we have today is generally economic and cultural waste basket-case countries - all of them.

Choong
-
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:10:26 -0000
Subject: "Why are IQs Dropping?"


"Why are IQs Dropping?"

You might recall we discussed this question more than two years ago.  Then the first clues were coming from the careful Danes, who'd noticed that first and second generation immigrants had significantly lower IQs than native Danes.

Now that effect is so marked that even the politically-correct HuffPost comes right out with the startling news that, in UK's schools, the immigrants are going to outnumber `native Brits' in the near future ("by 2030").  And that they'll be mostly morons!

Ray D


https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-are-iqs-dropping-on-a-worldwide-basis_us_59743580e4b0f1feb89b4423
Why are IQ's Dropping?
...
Although the drop in IQ levels was recently presented in the controlled media (and the Daily Mail in particular) as some type of mysterious drop to which no easily-identifiable cause could be attributed, the decreased IQ is obviously the product of mass Third World immigration from countries with much lower IQs. According to the statistics, IQ test results in the UK, Denmark, and Australia have shown a significant decline in the past decade alone, and the average IQ of `Westerners' has plunged 10 points or more since 1900.

In the UK, for example, tests carried out in 1980 and in 2008 showed that the average 14-year-old was two IQ points cleverer in 1980. Brighter teens who took part in the study in 2008 were on average six IQ points less intelligent than their counterparts tested 28 years earlier. What the tests did not disclose was that the number of nonwhite British pupils in primary schools as of 2012 was 27.1 percent of the total in primary schools, and 23.4 percent in secondary schools. At this rate of reproduction, nonwhites will be the majority of the population under the age of 21 in the UK by 2030. Full Story

Source- https://iq-research.info/en/page/average-iq-by-country

The nations with the highest IQ are all Asian [Sino-Chinese actually - RD] and if you consider that the ethnic population is predominantly Chinese in the top two countries than it would be fair to assume that in general, the Chinese have the Highest IQ as a group. Having the highest overall IQ does not mean that that nation has all the geniuses. Russia, America and Europe in general has produced some of the smartest individuals in history
---





Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2018 12:41:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Trump versus corrupt politicos


Climate change is inevitable and has been in a cycle for eons.  Human contribution to the cycle is not a factor.  Mother Earth and the Universe are in charge.  We Humans are simply witnesses.
DAVE
-
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2018 13:32:27 -0000
Subject: Trump versus corrupt politicos


Trump versus corrupt politicos

Personally think this shows the wide-spread corruption of `world leaders' - because all real evidence says there is NO man-made warming, only natural variations of temperature (up AND down).

But politicos and corporates aim to profit from the phony taxes, subsidies and `carbon trading' being introduced at OUR EXPENSE!

Check the real picture at GLACIALS PAGE.

Cheers
Ray D


https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/year-trump-backed-climate-agreement-countries-work-fill/story?id=55565087
By STEPHANIE EBBS Jun 1, 2018, 5:08 AM ET

A year after Trump backed out of climate agreement, countries and others work to 'fill the void'
In the year since president Donald Trump announced that he intends to remove the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement - a move which was panned by some American allies - some experts say the move has actually spurred more action on climate change.

Former United Nations climate negotiator Shyla Raghav, who now works on climate change issues at Conservation International said that under the Obama administration, she said climate change was seen as the government's responsibility.

Though she said the Trump administration's decision to withdraw was a step back, it galvanized businesses and other governments to act to "fill the void".

"I think what's game-changing is that prior to the Paris agreement, solving climate change seemed like a government responsibility and imperative," said Raghav, who worked for the U.N. during the Paris climate talks. "I think the threat of Trump threatening to pull out of the agreement showed everyone that climate is pervasive and that everyone - each and every one of us - has a responsibility and capability to act on climate change."

While the process of America's withdrawal from the agreement will still take more than a year, European countries - such as France - have pledged to step up their efforts and activists have said they are encouraged by the steps private, large corporations have taken.
(more at page ...)
---







Date: Tue, 22 May 2018 10:19:32 -0000
Subject: Re: Hi Graham!


Right Graham,
fully agree with Martin (about non-anthropogenic warming/climate changes) and have long had a small text file on-line, here's an extract:

---
1 - "Climate Change" is normal, always ongoing and DOES NOT equal "global warming";

2 - "Global Warming" is intermittently normal (on+off every few hundred years or so), quasi-cyclical and DOES NOT equal "AGW" - "anthropogenic (human caused) global warming";

3 - "AGW" is a hypothesis, which so far DOES NOT correlate with the scientific data.

E.g. If it [AGW] were anywhere near true, the whole Earth would've been warming, at an accelerating rate, for the last ten thousand years - i.e the period in which humans have been increasingly deforesting and burning wood, peat, coal and now oil - BUT IT ISN'T.   [Check the graphs]
---
there's quite a bit more, including a confirmation from "one of the world's greatest climatologists" at try-logic.txt.

Re solar changes, there's recentish (and very quiet) confirmations from two NASA scientists, of planetary alignments affecting the Sun's activity, in cycles short and long (as you can imagine).

Try http://www.perceptions.couk.com/uef/checkalign.html#jhn and look below and above for the gist.

Yup, those Malinkovich cycles have been discussed for a long time and refined over the years - they look convincing, but we don't know much about the scale of the Sun's reactions.

Whereas the Sun reacts quite violently to `fast' alignments (say of four or five planets - see:
http://www.perceptions.couk.com/uef/checkalign.html#storm
for the account of the 2 September 1859 solar "super-storm".  As the orrery pic shows, it was an alignment of Earth, Mercury, Sun, Venus, Mars, Saturn.

Today that event would likely kill all our satellites AND probably fry all our power and telecoms wiring down on here on Earth.

Not a nice thought.

Cheers
Ray





Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:36:52 -0000
Subject: Re: I-motif DNA


I-motif DNA

Fantastic!  Taken together with `epigenetic effects' (children CAN inherit characteristics acquired by their parents - i.e. `Lamarckism'), and proven results showing bacteria making a single directed ("willed") mutation to achieve a specific aim - as opposed to Darwinian `random mutations only';  this probably means the whole "Darwinian Evolution Theory" is incorrect!

Ray D
Here's some backgound to anti-Darwin evidence


From: J.M. C********
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2018 9:14 PM
Subject: I-motif DNA


BREAKING: Scientists Have Confirmed a New DNA Structure Inside Human Cells
It's not just the double helix!
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-confirmed-a-new-dna-structure-inside-living-cells-i-motif-intercalated

Justin




[ Google ]


Perceptions MAIL

can we

take off the blindfolds?


WEB-MASTERS
Visit W3Schools
NEW PAGE TIPS
Help build the largest human-edited directory on the web.
Submit a Site - Open Directory Project - Become an Editor



happy?

struggling editor ?

`Perceptions'

HOME


broken link? - please tell
mail Perceptions


Copyright © 2012 Ray Dickenson

this page
http://www.perceptions.couk.com/uef/ansci916.html



PRIVACY POLICY


Share This

FACEBOOK TWITTER GOOGLE+ TUMBLR PINTEREST REDDIT EMAIL